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Origami for the first time
Smith, Soonboke.
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling, [2003]

Physical Description:
112 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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"A Sterling/Chapelle book."

Includes index.
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TT870 .S573 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From making the basic folds and forms to crafting exquisite little flower pots, frames, and pinwheels, this right-from-the-beginning question and answer guide explains everything you need to know about origami. Hundreds of close-up color photos follow each step in the process as pencil holders, miniature chairs and tables, and beautiful traditional cranes emerge from the paper. Find out what tools are needed to get started and the important terms and symbols. Try simple techniques for creating 7 projects, including coasters, paper hearts, a candy cup, and a knife and fork holder. Go beyond the fundamentals and see how to construct 14 exquisite items that require slightly more complex folding and assembling, such as a sailboat, dove, pine tree, and gift boxes. A gallery presents a collection of inspiring sculptural origami pieces by some of the best artists in the field.

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Booklist Review

According to the introduction, the art of paper folding began well before paper was invented--the best materials available were ti leaves, palm fronds, and other types of pliable plants. It's an intriguing oxymoron, but as this Chapelle Studios instructional work makes clear, primitive materials no longer pose a problem for potential paper artists. Arranged in question-and-answer format, graduated by level of difficulty, the book first addresses basics such as tools (other than fingers) and materials (other than high-qualityapanese paper). Sections two and three concentrate on basic forms and a few projects, then give way to more complicated exercises. Tips include practical ideas, such as a metallic triangular box filled with confetti--perfect for New Year's Eve. High-quality color photographs, especially those illustrating a gallery shared by three artists, do more than their share of explanation. --Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Origami, or oriental paper folding, is the classic example of a craft that appears deceptively simple to the novice. Origami instructor Smith presents the basics for beginners, explaining materials and fold types in easy-to-follow photographs. Her projects include birds and small boxes. Lang's projects are more appropriate for advanced crafters. Lang uses his training as a physicist in laying out mathematically calculated plans for very complex figures involving multiple folds and precision fitting. His Black Forest cuckoo clock is a tour de force. These two books represent the opposite ends of the spectrum in doing origami, and both should be welcome in crafts collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
How to use this bookp. 8
Section 1 Origami Basicsp. 10
What do I need to get started?p. 12
What terms and symbols do I need to know?p. 18
How do I fold origami paper?p. 21
How do I make the basic folds and forms?p. 22
Section 2 Basic Techniquesp. 36
How can I use a simple model? Coasterp. 38
How can I make two projects from the same basic model? Paper Cup and Snack Cupp. 41
How do I make a heart shape? Paper Heartp. 44
How do I turn a model inside out? Cup Holderp. 47
How can I use the Mat Base form? Candy Cupp. 50
How can I use a paper place mat? Utensil Holderp. 52
How can I use the Ice Cream Base form? Flowerpotp. 54
Section 3 Beyond the Basicsp. 56
How do I make a box that is shaped like a bird? Swan Boxp. 58
How do I make a triangular box? Tricolor Gift Boxp. 61
How do I make a simple frame? Picture Framep. 64
How can I use a round piece of paper? Dovep. 66
How can I build on the Mat Base form? Pen Holderp. 68
How do I make matching pieces? Chair and Tablep. 70
How can I use the Twin Boat Base form? Pinwheel and Sailboatp. 72
How can I use the Triangle Pocket Base form? Barnp. 75
How can I use the Square Base form? Lilyp. 78
How can I use the Crane Base form? Soonboke's Cranep. 81
How do I make an animated model? Flapping Cranep. 84
How can I use the Fish Base form? Sealp. 86
How can I use a rectangular piece of paper? Crayonp. 88
How do I make a square box? Gift Boxp. 90
How do I make a large-scale project? Letter Holderp. 93
How do I fold two papers as one? Pine Treep. 96
Section 4 The Galleryp. 98
Geoline Havenerp. 100
Mary Jo Hineyp. 102
Soonboke Smithp. 106
Metric Equivalency Chartp. 111
Indexp. 111